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Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program star Selena Gomez's happy endings are crossing over to real life!
photo courtesy of The Disney Channel (Wizards of Waverly Place)

FAST FACTS

Full name: Selena Marie Gomez
Birthday: July 22, 1992
Birthplace: Texas
Where you’ve seen her: as witch-in-training Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, guest stints on Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, the music video for the Jonas Brothers single “Burnin’ Up”
Celebrity crushes: Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron

Real-life happy ending #1: She’s already found her soul sister.

We’ve all witnessed how short-lived and superficial Hollywood friendships can be. But that’s simply not the case for BFFs Selena and Demi Lovato, who met on the set of Barney and Friends when they were little kids. These best buds have remained supportive of each other through the years, having sleepovers, going shopping, posting videos on YouTube, and basically making a normal friendship work despite being in the public eye constantly. They do get into arguments sometimes, but Selena shares with Twist, “Thank goodness Demi and I have the relationship we do. We’ll sit down and talk to each other and say, ‘Look, I’m feeling this way, so let’s fix it because I love you.’ Sometimes we need to be reminded that we need each other.” Demi tells J-14, “Selena has always been the rock in the friendship. She’s the best influence in my life.”

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Real-life happy ending #2: She rises above the Hollywood lifestyle.

Her outfits and hairstyles are constantly changing, but Selena chooses to stay true to who she is: a guy’s girl who loves her sweatpants and Converse sneakers, a “boring dork” who once cried over a math test, and a person who keeps herself grounded through her family and friends. She tells Tiger Beat, “I don’t change anything about myself when I’m with different people. I think it’s important to have fun and do different things, but make sure you don’t change yourself.” It’s admirable how she wears her purity ring (which says True Love Waits) with pride, made peace with fellow Disney baby Miley Cyrus after the pop singer made fun of her online, and remained buddies with country crooner Taylor Swift after the latter’s controversial split with Joe Jonas. “We talk all the time,” Taylor says, when asked about Selena. “She’s such a cool person because she’s so real.”

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Real-life happy ending #3:She has a healthy home life.

Selena’s parents split when she was five, and she remembers feeling really scared and hurt. But when her mom remarried, she gained a whole new perspective. She tells M, “I have a stepdad. And honestly, I love him with all my heart. I see how happy my mom is with him, which is awesome. I now have more than one family—and it can be great!” She says she misses her quiet, peaceful life back in her hometown in Texas, but has adjusted to her mom’s new family and appreciates the fact that her dad can come up to LA to visit her when she’s not busy working. That’s pretty mature for a teen!

Real-life happy ending #4:She’s living her dream.

A big-screen version of Wizards of Waverly Place is in the works, where BFF Demi is reportedly making a cameo. But what’s really weaving magic into Selena’s life these days is something very close to her heart: recording her own album! “I love music,” she tells Popstar!, “I’m going to do it a bit differently… I’m going to be in a band. I want to be the female lead singer, kind of Paramore-ish. Hayley Williams inspires me. She’s so confident, and even though she’s gone through a lot, look where she is now. I admire her very much. I’m excited for this album.” We are, too!

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Real-life happy ending #5: She turns heartbreak into hit songs.

“I’ve been unlucky in love,” she says in an interview with M. “I’m still figuring it all out.” Although she never officially confirmed being Nick Jonas’s girlfriend, fans were devastated when breakup rumors circulated early this year. She announced that she will no longer be doing a duet with the JoBro for her album, and was spotted reading the heartbreak guide He’s Just Not That Into You. She even told Twist, “Nick is a wonderful guy, and anyone would be very lucky to be dating him. But I’m not that lucky.” Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she takes her emotions and writes songs that are bound to be huge hits. One of her tracks, “I’m Sorry,” is about “a boy I fell for, but he couldn’t let his ex-girlfriend go, and I felt like I wasn’t good enough. So I’m sorry it didn’t work out.” She goes on to tell Tiger Beat, “Writing and singing are a gateway to getting out feelings… I’ve been said ‘no’ to a lot. It makes you stronger.”

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Serene Fae 13 hours ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

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• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

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First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

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It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie 13 hours ago

19 year old pharmacy student-businesswoman from Pampanga. I, Kimberly Chaile D. Ocampo, started planning my own business back when I was 18 years old. Despite being a student, that did not stop me to work and start up something for me to earn my own money. I was also influenced by my parents who are both hands on when it comes to the marketing world. I have decided to start my own mini restaurant/fast food restaurant recently (Feb 2020) and it was named as “Hungry Hubb”. From the word itself which is “Hungry” we thought of something that would give people the biggest hint that we sell food.

Because of the sudden quarantine, every store was forced to close for our own safety that is why there was a sudden decrease on our sales. But Hungry Hubb managed to survive by focusing on online selling and social media promotion. Our best seller would be Shawarma salad which is mediterranean style. We add authentic Garlic sauce to our shawarma (Which is available in Wrap, Salad, & Rice). Every product that we sell are very affordable and delicious. Our starting price is only 50php. (Shawarma Wrap). For Shawarma Salad (70php). We also have Milktea (60php) and Rice meals such as Lechon Kawali, Chicken barbecue, and Pork Barbecue for only 120 pesos.

And of course, I wouldn’t make it up this far without the help of my family and friends who have supported be from the very start. This is an open letter and inspirational especially to students that want to earn their own money. Nothing is impossible. You just have to be determined enough to turn your plans into reality.

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